QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN SEARCHING FOR A PRIVATE LABEL MANUFACTURER?
When seeking a contract manufacturer or “co-man” for your private label products, there are multiple questions you will want to ask to make sure the manufacturer’s capabilities align with your needs. These questions may vary depending on whether you are looking to produce a ready to mix (RTM) powdered beverage, and extruded snack food, a ready to drink (RTD) beverage, or some other functional food product.
What are your minimum order quantities (MOQ)?
Do you have off the shelf formulations we can use for our private label products?
Do you offer in-house product development support? Regulatory and labeling support?
Does your facility have any certifications from 3rd party auditing services?
What allergens are present in your facility? Are you certified gluten-free?
Do you have experience processing organic certified products?
What is your typical lead time from PO to finished goods release date?
What is the shelf life of products you make at your facility?
What packaging or other downstream processing capabilities do you have?
Do you follow a toll or turnkey production model?
What ingredients do you offer as the base for the formulation?